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989 Studios

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989 Studios
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Basic Information
Business Type
Defunct (2000) - Merged into SCEA
Parent company
[[Sony Computer Entertainment America]]
Product(s)
[[Games for video game consoles and computer software]]
Industry
Computer and video game industry
Predecessor company
[[Sony Imagesoft]]

989 Studios was a division of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) that developed games for the PlayStation consoles and Windows personal computers. Their titles include Twisted Metal III and 4, Syphon Filter and Syphon Filter 2, Jet Moto 3, Bust a Groove, EverQuest and others. It now exists as the 989 Sports brand owned by SCEA that produces sports titles.

History[edit | edit source]

The 989 Sports title developed from a long history of name changes and corporate shuffling within Sony centered around operations in Foster City, California. In August 1995 the video game business of Sony Imagesoft was merged with the product development branch of SCEA, becoming Sony Interactive Studios America (SISA).[1] On April 1998, SISA was renamed 989 Studios, after the street address of the building they worked in (989 E. Hillsdale Boulevard, Foster City, California, which Sony still uses). The part of 989 developing EverQuest (and other online and PC games) broke off to become an independent studio named Verant Interactive in early 1999. On April 1, 2000, 989 Studios was merged back into SCEA as a first party development group, in order to prepare for the then-upcoming PlayStation 2. SCEA continues to release sports games under the 989 Sports brand. Subsequent reissues and sequels to 989's titles are published under the SCEA name instead of the 989 name.[citation needed]

Games[edit | edit source]

989 Studios[edit | edit source]

Published by 989 Sports[edit | edit source]

Published by SCEA under the 989 Sports brand[edit | edit source]

989 Sports Game Announcers/Voices[edit | edit source]

NBA ShootOut[edit | edit source]

  • Mike Carlucci
  • Ian Eagle

NFL GameDay[edit | edit source]

  • Mike Carlucci
  • Dick Enberg/Phil Simms

MLB Baseball[edit | edit source]

  • Mike Carlucci
  • Vin Scully (MLB 99 only)
  • Vin Scully/Dave Campbell (MLB 2000 to MLB 2005)

NHL FaceOff[edit | edit source]

  • Mike Emerick/Darren Fang

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Sony Electronic Publishing Co. renamed; Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. is established. Businesswire, August 17, 1995.